Volume XVIII Issue 8
Mario Andrade, Superintendent of Schools
December 21, 2022
Dear NSD Families and Staff,
A few more days for our students and staff until a much deserved vacation. Please find time for rest and relaxation during the break. We will see you all in the new year, on Tuesday, January 3.
Meanwhile, today is the first day of winter and I think this is a great time to remind you about the calling of snow days and delayed openings. I consult with meteorologists, Nashua Police, Nashua Public Works, First Transportation, and NSD Transportation about travel and walking conditions. We will use nashua.edu and mass communication phone and text messages to let you know. Local radio and television stations will also carry NSD snow day and delayed opening announcements.
Please keep in mind the decision to cancel or delay school is based on the best available information at the time the decision is made; however, depending on varying conditions, the decision to keep a child home during inclement weather ultimately rests with each parent.
Thank you, and Happy Holidays!
Mario Andrade, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Nashua School District
Nashua Board of Education
The Nashua Board of Education met Monday, and here are the highlights of board business:
- The board approved the acceptance of a $46,800 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grant for music instruction at all three levels.
- The board approved the Nashua school custodian collective bargaining tentative agreement.
As recommended by the Finance and Operations Committee, the board approved several contracts and a plan for deferred maintenance on school buildings. The board also approved negotiating a contract with Business Information Resources of Blue Springs, Missouri, based upon review of experience, capabilities, and price, estimated to be $47,985, to develop a redisticting plan for the middle schools. In general, the company will provide NSD with
- a demographic study of the district with a 10-year forecast
- a redistricting plan with up to three options
- meetings with NSD Administrators and Redistricting Committee members
- presentations to interested NSD stakeholders
The Policy Committee approved six policies:
- Policy BFE - Administration in Policy
- Policy CA - Administrative Goals
- Policy DIE - Audits
- Policy EFDA - Student Meal Charges
- Policy EFDA-R - Procedures for Student Meal Charges
- Policy ILBS - Statewide Assessments
The Committee on Curriculum and Evaluation approved publication of the high school course election changes, as published in the Program of Studies.
The next Nashua Board of Education meeting will be held Monday, January 9, 2022.
December 19, 2022
Nashua Board of Education Meeting
13th Annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition
On the heels of the Staples $5,000 nation-wide Thank-a-Teacher Award recognition of Elm Street Middle School and Denise Rock-O’Hara last month, Elm Street recently was named one of 300 state finalists nationwide in the 13th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM competition. As a New Hampshire finalist, Samsung is awarding Elm Street a $2,500 prize package.
The guiding force in both these efforts is Denise Rock-O’Hara, a 7th grade science teacher. This is the fifth time Denise and her students have been a Samsung state finalist in the last twelve years.
Each year Samsung hosts a $2 million national competition for public schools grades 6–12 in which students are asked to consider how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be used to create change in their communities.
Congratulations, Elm Street Middle School and Ms. Rock-O’Hara!
Holiday Cards for Veterans
Thank you to teachers from eight of our elementary, middle, and high schools whose students wrote letters of appreciation to veterans in honor of the year-end holidays.
Multiple teachers from each of the schools (photos adjacent below) worked with Congresswoman Annie Kuster and her staff to support the student letter-writers. Davis Bernstein of her Nashua office said everyone was thrilled with the great response from the Nashua School District for taking the time to participate in the thoughtful Holiday Cards for Veterans program.